Neighbours help each other in rural Powys

What motivated Eye to set up her own community enterprise?

Sasiprapa Scobie, known as “Eye” lives with her husband and children in a remote part of North Powys. Eye’s husband is the only driver in their house so Eye needed to work in a way that was flexible, local and fitted in around her family life. She was keen to set up her own care enterprise.

What did Community Catalysts do for Eye?

I know how to take care of people but I didn’t know about the law, procedures and how to do the paperwork, Heather helped with this. At first I was lacking in confidence but now I am running my own business.

Eye, Community micro-enterprise leader 

Funded by Powys County Council, Community Catalysts collaborated closely with Communities for Work Plus to help Eye get everything together to enable her to set up in a way that is safe and legal.

What people say about Eye

I didn’t realise how much care I needed before I met Eye. I work as a teacher and I need help at home to get ready for work, we had looked for care but no one was willing to travel out to where we live, or it was going to be very expensive. Eye is my next-door neighbour and I call her “my angel”, she enables me to go to work and be my own person. My husband was having to step in and be my carer, since Eye started he is so much happier, he is my husband again

Sarah, a neighbour supported by Eye

The outcome: more independence for all

Photo of Eye and Sarah outside in the sun. They are both smiling.Both Eye and Sarah have been able to benefit from more choice and control over their lives. Eye has been able to find employment close to home that fits around her own life, and means she doesn’t need to drive. Sarah, who uses a wheelchair, has been able to take back control of her own life and not be reliant on her husband. They also have the added benefit of reducing their carbon emissions by reducing the need to travel by car.